Many pundits believed that Chip Kelly needed two legitimate tight-ends to help his offensive system reach the peak of its potential success. The Eagles already have Brent Celek to fill one of those two roles, but it was clear that Clay Harbor wasn’t a legitimate starting tight-end to fill the second role. So Chip Kelly decided that after going with offensive tackle Lane Johnson in the first round, that he would address the second tight-end role, by selecting former Stanford Cardinal Zach Ertz.
Ertz is a 6’6, 22-year old, who spent three seasons at Stanford. Ertz finished his college career with 112 catches, 1434 receiving yards, and 15 touchdowns. Ertz did play with Andrew Luck in 2011, but his best season was in 2012, in which had 69 receptions, 898 receiving yards, and six touchdowns.
Ertz figures to be the Eagles second tight-end almost immediately, and in Chip Kelly’s system, could play a big role in the Eagles offense as soon as 2013.